Day: October 22, 2010

Go! See! This! “Punching the Clown” with Henry Phillips opens its theatrical run in NYC

Punching the Clown is neither a documentary nor a concert film, although it does star musical comedian Henry Phillips as Henry Phillips, a satirical folksinger, and it does incorporate much of his live act into a 91-minute narrative that manages to be both a lighthearted comedy and pointed parody of Hollywood. The film, which won the audience award for best feature at Slamdance, as well as honors at multiple other festivals, opens its official cinematic run tonight at the Quad Cinema in New York City. Let's take a look at the trailer, which includes a word or two to make it not safe for work. Roll the clip!   As Phillips describes his career arc to the late-night radio disc jockey, we see how Phillips decided after one hell gig too many (at a restaurant run by Eddie Pepitone), to ditch the road and move in with his failing actor in Los Angeles, and through one miscommunication and misunderstanding after another, finds himself failing upward. Phillips has others measuring his career against a more successful musical comedian named Stupid Joe (Mark Cohen), who audiences love for his many fart songs. The cast also features Chris Fairbanks, Nikki Glaser, Ryan Stout, Derek Waters, Mike O'Connell, and several Second City Alumni, including Paul Willson, Wade Kelley, Steve Sheridan and Sean Masterson. Here's a scene at a party in the Hollywood Hills, with Phillips, Glaser...

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Robin Williams, Chris Rock cast in separate 2011 productions to make their Broadway acting debuts

Just as Colin Quinn and Pee-wee Herman launch their own new Broadway productions, word from the street brings even more casting news for spring 2011, with parts for both Robin Williams and Chris Rock to make their Broadway acting debuts. Williams will star as the titular tiger in Rajiv Joseph's play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, starting March 10, 2011, with an official opening March 31 at a theater to be announced. Rock, meanwhile, will join Bobby Cannavale, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vazquez in Stephen Adly Guirgis' Motherf**ker with the Hat, playing the sobriety sponsor of Cannavale's character. That play is slated for previews March 22, 2011, with an opening on April for a limited run at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. (via...

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Gilbert Gottfried transforms into a scary monster for Halloween, or just for kicks, in this short film

Who knows what goes on inside the mind of Gilbert Gottfried? In this new short film he made himself, the comedian transforms himself into a "Scary Monster." This is how Gottfried explains it: "I threw this film together with a pocket camera. I did the makeup myself from shit I had around the house. My agent saw it and said it looked 'Cheap, childish and not all that funny.' I said, 'Yeah, so what's the problem?'" Should he have at least yelped "Aflac!" at the end? You be the judge. Roll it!...

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